Installing and using Tivoli on a Windows computer


Before you can run a backup on your PC, CSD must register the name. This requires two pieces of information which are obtained by running the program v:\utils\RegTiv.exe.


  • Enter your contact name
  • Select Create Information.

This will create a file m:/tivoli.txt.

  • Select Create Backup Folder.

This will create C:\backup if it does not already exist.

  • Please send your tivoli.txt file as an attachment to the CSD Service Desk by clicking on the 'Ask for help' button in the self-service portal.

Installation is a two stage operation that takes about five minutes. The initial run installs the client and the second one configures the machine with the correct settings.

Operating the Software

From the Start button:

  • Select Programs| Tivoli Storage Manager| Backup-Archive GUI.

You will see the following:

Note that the only options available at present are Backup and Restore.

Backups are scheduled to begin from 09:00 until 12:00 for both desktop and laptop computers. Users can run their own backups if so required. This might be to ensure that a point in time copy will be available rather than one that exists at the time the daily schedule runs. Remember that however many times you run this, there will only ever be five versions available for restore.
To run your own backup click on the Backup button.

As the scope of the backup is defined centrally you need only click on the C: drive as shown above. No other options need changing. Select Backup to run the job.

Restoring files is the more likely operation. To do this

  • Select the Restore button from the main screen.

The screenshot below shows the case where (which is in folder backup on the C: drive) has been selected. Note that by default only the most recent backups are shown.

To access your older versions you need to select the   button as shown below:

Notice now in the example of test.txt.bak there are two entries on the list. The details of the files such as the date it was created and backed up for example are shown allowing you to select the version you want. Once you have selected the file press Restore and you will be presented with the next dialogue box.


By default, files are restored to their original location but an alternative location can be selected as shown above. Continue with the restore. Before restore occurs, the program checks the existence of the file as below:

The default action is to replace. Selecting Do not Replace effectively stops the restore. The job will continue but nothing will be restored.
If you wish to register a Mac for this service please submit your request via the self-service portal. Arrangements will be made for a consultant to work with you on the installation.